cloth, 192 pp., $35.00
Award-winning author Elvin McDonald and nationally recognized photographers Kevin Vandivier and Earl Nottingham salute the diversity of plantings in the Lone Star State through gorgeous photographs and stimulating text that highlight more than thirty public gardens across the land. Growing up in Texas, McDonald has particular insight into the environmental challenges that make public gardens there so greatly appreciated. His narratives for the individual sites point out the reasons why each is exceptional; photographs are carefully coordinated to capture the essence of each garden. On a practical level, the text also includes the acreage, seasonal blooms, and other attractions. Travelers visiting the area will relish the information in the directory of garden websites, found in supplementary materials.
— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden